We Need New Names


We Need New Names is the 2013 debut novel of expatriate Zimbabwean writer NoViolet Bulawayo. The first chapter of the book, "Hitting Budapest", initially presented as a story in the Boston Review,[1] won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing,[2][3] with the chair of judges Hisham Matar saying that the gang of "poor and violated" children portrayed in it were reminiscent of A Clockwork Orange.[4]

A coming-of-age story, We Need New Names tells of the life of a young girl named Darling, first as a 10-year-old in Zimbabwe, navigating a world of chaos and degradation with her friends, and later as a teenager in the Midwest United States, where a better future seems about to unfold when she goes to join an aunt working there.[3]

We Need New Names was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (2013),[5] the Guardian First Book Award shortlist (2013),[6] and a Barnes & Noble Discover Award finalist (2013).[7] It was the winner of the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature (2013),[8][9] and won the prestigious Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award for debut work of fiction.[10][11] It won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction (2013).[12]

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